Welcome to the Mobile Collective
Creative collaboration + mobile innovation
Gathering developers, designers, makers and other enthusiasts, to creatively and collaboratively 'build cool stuff' on the fly, in response to challenges or opportunities
Applying mobile technologies in new ways, in fields such as Science, Education, Cultural Heritage, and Healthcare
Building teams of people from diverse fields & skill-sets - enabling real innovation at the edges, within the overlaps, & across the gaps
Drawing on diverse expertise and insight, in order to ignite creativity and develop ideas together, in an open and free-flowing event format
You bring the flip charts we’ll bring the post-its together we’ll build!
Mobile & Web Development
Apps, Devices & Mobile Web
We develop mobile apps, websites, tools and platforms
Product Design & Development
We design, develop and launch products to market
Events & Facilitation
ThinkCamps & Hack Days
We design and facilitate creative collaboration events
The Mobile Collective brings people together to work on exciting new mobile and web projects. We believe in the power of collaboration. And we love Hack Days!
At our ThinkCamps, people from across industries and disciplines experience the excitement of working together to turn ideas into reality. At our Science Hack Days, citizens, scientists, and developers get together to unlock the secrets of the universe. You come with the ideas and skills – we provide the space, the buzz, and of course the post-it notes.
ThinkCamps provide an open and creative environment for developing new products and services. They are designed to support a collaborative approach to generating cross-industry solutions. The events select one area of focus (such as mHealth) and are structured to address problems, rise to challenges, and take advantage of new opportunities.
Participants are drawn from a diverse range of disciplines and skill-sets, which they apply in a creative way. The TMC team facilitates the generation of ideas during the ThinkCamp events and then provides support for the organically formed working groups to further develop and implement the solutions, both during and beyond the event.
Hack Days are all about tinkering with new technologies and materials and code – exploring their possibilities when brought together in new ways, and solving problems on the fly in order to execute a creative idea. We love doing Hack Days. We believe in the creative power of teamwork that they inspire. And we see each and every time how people of all ages (from primary school to retired), and from all places (from the Arctic Circle to CERN), and of all abilities (from high-tech to no-tech) get excited and find a way to actively contribute.
Find out more about how we can help you design and run a Hack Day or ThinkCamp.
We don’t just facilitate, we’re also full-fledged members of the team – rolling up our sleeves to design, build and launch. Drawing on our collective backgrounds in computer science, technology product & service development, and launching new businesses to market, we can ensure that the best ideas coming out of our events continue to be worked on and implemented.
We can also work with you on prototyping any tangible ideas that come out of the event, in order to assess their potential with your stakeholders for launch with end-users. We can also develop bespoke websites and apps for the event itself.
The Mobile Collective works closely with it’s partners, often forming part of a Consortium for grant-funded work.
For example, TMC was a Consortium member of the EU FP7-funded Citizen Cyberlab project. The role of TMC was to develop requirements with respect to learning & community building, to organise and execute community outreach initiatives, to support community building across all of the pilot projects (particularly via social media), and to design and run community engagement events.
A brief introduction
Margaret Gold, Director & Co-Founder
Margaret is a mobile industry veteran, with many years experience as an Innovation & Business Launch specialist. She has worked with a wide range of start-ups, corporate ventures and university spin-offs. Margaret is one of the founders and organisers of Over the Air, the UK’s premier mobile developer event. She is also a Code Club volunteer, teaching Robots & Computers Club to 5 & 6 year olds.
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Brian Fuchs, CTO & Co-Founder
Brian has pioneered the development of e-Science tools in the US, UK, and Germany for many years. At the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, he developed an online community toolkit for analysing multi-lingual scientific texts projects for the Archimedes Project, and helped design and develop eSciDoc, the Max Planck Society’s digital library. Other projects include Inventing Europe, a collaborative on-line exhibition platform for the history of technology, and DVE, a toolkit for exploring variation in historical printed material. As Co-ordinator at the Social Computing Group at Imperial College, he helped develop several innovative projects in transport, healthcare, computing infrastructure and e-commerce (Totalcare,Libhpc,PlayShare). These days, he spends a lot of his time with Citizen Cyberlab, developing the project’s online presence and running hack days with project partners. He also develops collaborative tools for DIY science and hacks micro controllers and sensors.
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Julie Gould, Multimedia Producer
Julie is a qualified physicist with a passion for science communication. She gets behind the stories of science at live events via multimedia production. Julie has been filming, recording and producing many of the stories on our Citizens of Science Audioboo and YouTube channels.
Mary Dudy, Web Editor
Mary is an experienced editor of scholarly and creative work, published author of academic work, university teacher (in person and online instruction) with specializations in English literature and writing, conference creator and organizer, student mentor, and curriculum designer.
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Roy Howie, Developer
Amy Smith – Cultural Heritage
Amy is curator of the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology and Professor of Classics at the University of Reading. She acts as our advisor and industry expert for the cultural heritage sector.
Amy works at the forefront of digital museum curation, with several innovative collaborations in visualisation and open data: Ure View, Ure Discovery and Ure Move with Panoply; 3D modelling of museum objects with the Dept. of Archaeology at the University of Reading; and the award-winning Open Olympics with the Open University. Collaborations with TMC include Europeana data provision, and toponym identification for the Pelagios Project.
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Steve Wolak – Mobile & IoT Technologies and Big Data
Currently at the GSMA in the IOT Big Data and Mobile Identity Group, Steve is an engineer with wide experience in mobile innovation—designing, building and managing mobile projects across a wide variety of technologies and industry sectors. He’s also worked with many startups to help shape their commercial offering and get them ready to do business on a large scale.
At Vodafone, Steve created the Betavine website and the Betavine Social Exchange website for supporting NGOs. More recently, he’s been working on connected car and consumer IOT in Vodafone’s commercial innovation team, Vodafone xone, where he led the end-to-end product development for connected consumer IOT devices, i.e. personal tracking products, connected car products.
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6 December, 2017
We’ll be in Milan at the Europeana annual meeting in December, to talk about our collaboration with the Ure Museum—a web environment for integrating Europeana collections with the Ure Museum website. We’ll also be drumming up support for a “fragmentathon”—a hackathon for sorting and cataloguing ancient Greek vase fragments, many (indeed) most of which remain uncatalogued in museum collections.
21 November 2017
We’ll be in Edinburgh at the Arctic Circle Forum in November, to talk about our experience running a hackathon for STEM students in Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska in 2014. We’ll also be talking about one of the follow on projects from that—a mobile app co-developed with a student to help local communities and scientists to work together in tracking environmental issues. Slides
Merl LATE: Digital Takeover
Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, UK
25 – 26 November 2016
Margaret is once again organising the 8th annual Over the Air ”a unique tech-agnostic event for and by the developer community, featuring technical workshops where attendees can roll up their sleeves and tinker with new platforms, operating systems, APIs & SDKs”.
20 June 2016
Think Big’s Digital Week gives young people the chance to learn more about digital technology and career opportunities in the tech industry. Margaret will be joining the Mobile on Monday panelists to answer questions on what their careers involve on a day-to-day basis, how they got there and top tips on how you can get into the world of mobile and apps
May 19th – 21st, 2016
As part of the first international European Citizen Science Association Conference, Margaret ran a Citizen Science ThinkCamp together with Lucy Patterson of Science Hack Day Berlin. Read our Storify of the event for the back-channel and our Google Site for the outcome of the Challenges.
10:00am, Nov 18, 2015
We were out at App World 2015, where Margaret was participating in a panel discussion about the wearables market: “What are the driving forces behind making 2016 the year of the wearables?”
“An Open Iof T Stack for Schools” Workshop at MozFest
Mozfest, Ravensbourne College, London, Uk
Nov 6-8, 2015
We were out at at Mozfest again this year to run an “Open IoT Stack for Schools” workshop as part of the Open Science track. We looked at the present and future of the internet of things in schools, DIY science and Makerspaces, and collaborated with attendees to produce a community wish-list for IoT software, hardware and community resources. You can find our notes on our Etherpad here, which you are also welcome to make your own contributions to!
CCL Workshop at Over the Air 2015
Over the Air, London, UK
25-26 Sept 2015
At the 7th annual Over the Air we ran two Citizen Cyberlab workshops. Over the Air is “a unique tech-agnostic event for and by the developer community, featuring technical workshops where attendees can roll up their sleeves and tinker with new platforms, operating systems, APIs & SDKs”. At one workshop we showcased the CCL projects, including GeoKey, CitizenGrid, Redwire and Virtual Atom Smasher. At the other workshop we introduced a range of tech tools for DIY Science, as part of the Citizen Science Hack Day Challenge. Find out more about how it went here.
31 July – 2 August 2015
The CERN Webfest is a weekend of web-based creativity for students doing a summer placement at CERN, the place where the web was born. The event is modelled on the sort of gatherings (sometimes called hackfests or hackathons) that energize many open source communities. Registration for this event is by invitation only, but the outcomes are made public at: https://webfest.web.cern.ch/
GLASS mobile games workshop
CRI, Paris, France
21 July 2015
We ran a ThinkCamp on mobile games in science at the GLASS—Game Lab Summer School—at the CRI in Paris. The Think Camp is for GLASS students and we focussed both on brainstorming and hacking—ideas for using mobiles in science games and first steps in mobile development with Apache Cordova.
Citizen Cyberlab Thinkcamps @ Nightscience
Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires
10 – 11 July 2015
As part of the annual Nightscience Conference at the CRI in Paris, we presented the pilot projects of the Citizen Cyberlab on Friday, and helped to run a full-day ThinkCamp on Saturday to encourage the creation of new Citizen Science projects using the platforms and tools of the Citizen Cyberlab.
4-5 June 2015
As part of the Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint, we teamed up with our colleagues at CitizenGrid to work on their platform for citizen supercomputers. The Global Sprint is a world-wide event—you don’t have to be in London to join in! For details, see the announcement.
29 November, 2014
This event was a code sprint together with a number of members of the community to help us extend GeoKey (http://geokey.org.uk/) —a community platform for participatory mapping.
24-26 October, 2014
At MozFest we ran a workshop as part of the Open Science stream called “Apps for Climate Change – using Appmaker for Citizen Science“. In this workshop we explored using AppMakers to create citizen sciences apps by and for local communities. The aim was to develop a wishlist of components for citizen science apps in Appmaker, and try our hand at hacking together some apps. The focus was on climate change, and we looked at how apps can help scientists and local communities to work together to help measure and alleviate climate change impact.
Future of Technology in Education
University College London, UK
3 October, 2014
The Mobile Collective made the shortlist of 10 exciting new start-ups at the first ever start-up pitchfest at FOTE14. We gave a three minute pitch about how we are running Hack Days at secondary schools, universities, and institutions to promote hands-on learning and creativity in technology.
2-3 August, 2014
We created a Hack Day Challenge together with UNITAR for their Geotag-X disaster-mapping platform, as part of the annual CERN Summer WebFest. Read the Storify of the event.
Arctic Science Climate-Change ThinkCamp
28 July – 3 August, 2014
We ran an Arctic Science ThinkCamp in Barrow Alaska, together with the local community and Diana Mastracci of UCL ExCiteS, as part of the STEM Summer Camp at Ilisagvic College. Read about the event on our wiki.
World Science Festival Science Hack Day
NYU, New York, USA
13 June, 2014
Brian and Margaret gave a Keynote talk at the annual Science Festival for Doctoral students at Imperial College on ‘Creativity and learning in the Citizen Cyberlab Project‘ to highlight the ways in which modern scientific research is making use of multi-media platforms to crowdsource the involvement of volunteers in data collection, data processing, and problem solving. You can find the slides from our talk here and you can watch a video of our talk here.
Imperial College CDT Festival of Science
Imperial College London, UK
Science Museum LATES Hack. Make. Do.
Science Museum London, UK
28 May, 2014
Together with our partners at the Citizen Cyberlab, we ran a workshop called Hands-on Citizen Science as part of the LATES events. We ran hands-on demos of the Hero.coli game, the GeoTag-X platform, and hardware hacking for Arctic Science. Take a look at our round-up of the event.
Tweeting for Science
British Science Association, London UK
20 March, 2014
Tweeting for Science: When Social Media met Citizen Science was held as part of the National Science & Engineering Week at the Dana Centre. The evening was an exploration and discussion about how Social Media can boost the power of science in the hands of individual citizens, across the globe. ‘Science for All, and All for Science’. Read the Storify account of the night, and listen to our interviews of attendees.
Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2014
National Geographic Society & UCL, London, UK
20 – 22 February, 2014
The third London Citizen Cyberscience Summit was bigger and better than ever. Thanks to everyone who came to the Hack Day. You can check out what we got up to in the video, and read about the challenges and prizes on the website.
Persuasive Games Competition: Creating Games That Make People Think
UCL, London UK
1 February, 2014
TMC teamed up with the CHI+MED project and the UCL Interaction Centre to help organise a Persuasive Games Competition for UCL students, at which participants built web games to explore blame culture in healthcare. There were prizes for the winning entries and the winners have been hosted on Errordiary.
27 – 28 September, 2013
At the annual Over the Air mobile developer event we ran a hands-on workshop about Epicollect, which is a Citizen Science mobile app and web platform for collecting survey data, photo’s and GPS location data. We also ran the Hack Day ‘Best Science Hack’ challenge, with Air Quality Eggs as prizes. Check out the event video on YouTube.
2- 4 August, 2013
A weekend of online web-based creativity for students doing a summer placement at CERN, the place where the web was born. The event is modeled on the sort of gatherings (sometimes called hackfests or hackathons) that energize many open source communities. Registration for this event is by invitation only, but the outcomes will be made public.
Science Hack Day London
The Centre for Creative Collaboration, London
16 March, 2013
Together with the Open Knowledge Foundation, the Citizen Cyberscience Center Science Hack Day London, we organised the Science Hack Day Crowdcrafting Citizen Science. For one day, citizen scientists, humanities folks, technologists, designers, students, scientists, and all who are curious gathered together to build apps and projects with various open tools such as Epicollect, PyBossa, and CernVM.
Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2012
Royal Geographic Society, London UK
University College London, UK
16-18 February, 2012
The Mobile Collective organised the Hack Day at the 2010 London Citizen Cyberscience Summit, bringing volunteers and scientists from a wide range of Web-based science projects together for the first time, ranging from volunteer computing (SETI@home,ClimatePrediction.net) to volunteer thinking (GalaxyZoo, Herbaria@home) to volunteer sensing (EpiCollect, NoiseTube) and much more. Historians, journalists, teachers and business folks all brought their angle on citizen cyberscience to the event. Above all, it was a chance for the some of the millions of volunteers who make citizen cyberscience so successful to tell their story.
mHealth ThinkCamp 2011
Wallacespace St Pancras, London UK
3 June, 2011
We brought together a fantastic mix of movers, shakers & enthusiasts from both the healthcare and the mobile community came together at our first ever ThinkCamp – a day of sharing insights & experience, generating ideas, and developing them further in free-flow break-out sessions. We wrapped up the day with a series of pitches to address a wide range of issues and opportunities for mHealth innovation.
9-10 March, 2011
The Mobile Collective was out at the Healthcare Innovation Expo on behalf of the DotGovLabs Innovation Hub to help them boost awareness for their latest challenge, and to inspire a collaborative approach to innovation as part of the Future Zone programme.
The event attracted 10,000+ health and social care commissioners and providers who are interested in high impact innovations to improve patient care and productivity – we didn’t meet all of them by a long shot – but we certainly had some great conversations, both at the Ideas Wall and during our sessions, and were amazed by everyone’s willingness to let loose a bit of creative energy at the Expo.
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Mozilla Festival 2015 Mozilla’s annual, hands-on festival (affectionately known as MozFest), brought together 1.7k+ attendees from more than 50 countries, to participate in 343 workshop sessions exploring topics such as open data, privacy, ethics, literacy and economy on the Web. “MozFest is an annual celebration of the world’s most valuable public resource: the open Web. [...]
We’re very excited to be part of Mozfest again this year! Today was the facilitators’ meeting—a fantastic place to meet other open web-ists! This year we’ll be running a session in the Science track on the Internet of Things for Sciencemakers: “an Open IoT Stack for Schools”. Check out the ScienceMakers website for more info.
Over the Air is an annual 2-day Hack Day that attracts over 500 mobile developers and hardware hackers for a community-driven workshop stream with over 40 sessions, an evening of inspirational lightning talks, and a range of Hack Day challenges to inspire creativity and experimentation. The atmosphere of the event is one of shared learning, [...]